13 October 2007

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  • Carlsberg and Heineken admit S&N interest

    17 Oct 2007

    Brewers Carlsberg and Heineken have admitted they are considering making an offer for Scottish & Newcastle.“Carlsberg and Heineken confirm that they are in discussions regarding the formation of a consortium to make an offer for the entire...

  • Further bluetongue cases confirmed

    18 Oct 2007

    Two further cases of bluetongue have been confirmed in Cambridgeshire and Kent.The sites, near Peterborough and Ashford, are both within the existing bluetongue protection zone, but it is the first time the disease has been detected outside...

  • Nestlé sales up 9%

    18 Oct 2007

    Nestlé has reported a 9% increase in nine-month sales to CHF78.7bn (£32.8bn).In Europe, a focus on accelerating innovation had resulted in organic growth of 2.5%, the food giant said. There was also strong organic growth for its...

  • Ocado eyes northern distribution centre

    18 Oct 2007

    Online retailer Ocado is reportedly planning to open a distribution centre in the north of England.It is looking for a 20-acre site capable of delivering about £1bn worth of orders a year to allow it to expand across the north of England and...

  • S&N slams 'unwelcome' approach

    18 Oct 2007

    Scottish & Newcastle has slammed an approach for the company by rival brewers Carlsberg and Heineken as “unsolicited and unwelcome”.Yesterday, after months of frenzied takeover speculation, Carlsberg and Heineken admitted they were...

  • Break up rumours boost Unilever

    19 Oct 2007

    Shares in Unilever rose 13p to finish on £16.21 yesterday amid rumours that the consumer goods company could be planning to demerge its operations.Traders speculated that Unilever could separate its food and non-food businesses in the same...

  • Food sales rise

    19 Oct 2007

    Food sales grew at their strongest rate for more than a year in September, according to the Office for National Statistics.Growth in sales volume in food stores increased by 0.8% between July and September, the highest growth since August...

  • Tesco brain drain continues

    19 Oct 2007

    Tesco has been dealt a further blow with the loss of another senior executive.Julia Reynolds, director of Tesco's central European clothing business, becomes the latest senior executive to leave the retailer. She is to take on the...

  • Tesco to transport wine by canal

    19 Oct 2007

    Tesco has announced plans to transport its New World wines by canal.The retailer will run barges three times a week along the Manchester Ship Canal, transporting 600,000 litres of wine to a bottling site less than half a mile away where it...

  • Store visit - Flâneur

    19 Oct 2007

    Established: 2001Total Number of lines: 2,500Speciality: Fine foodExtras: 60-seater restaurantIn a retail environment where a shop selling a range of chutneys with checked cloth on the lids, a good selection of olives and the odd...

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